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CEA Program: Research Assistant, Indiana Avenue Project

DUE is home to IEL which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
The Department of Anthropology focuses on applied scholarship and community-engaged research. This includes a vast range of projects examining everyday experience in the past and present alike but focuses on producing knowledge that is useful beyond the academy alone.

Project summary:
The CEA will consult with community members about Indiana Avenue heritage research and organize primary research. Some of this research will be organized for classroom teaching, and the CEA will coordinate with community partners to consult on classroom teaching of Avenue heritage.

Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

Conduct primary research in federal census, city directories, and historic newspapers. Organize primary research into Word documents. Share primary data with community partners.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
The student should have experience conducting primary historical research. The student should have some basic awareness of Indianapolis history and African-American heritage in the near-Westside. The student should be graduate standing.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. The CEA is able to name at least one civic issue and articulate how various societal systems and processes address this (and other) civic issues.
  2. The CEA values collaborating with others, especially those individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  3. The CEA demonstrates empathy, openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity when working with diverse others.
  4. The CEA feels a sense of responsibility and commitment to use the knowledge gained in their higher education experiences to serve others.